Experience Local Life: Affordable Homestays in Meghalaya for Authentic Travels

Connecting with Local Life: Affordable Homestays in Meghalaya for an Authentic Experience

Nov 22nd, 2023

In today’s world of travelling, hotels and guest houses have contributed a lot in terms of lodging when people travel to new places. But in recent times homestays have come into the picture and have opened up new opportunities to explore and experience the lifestyles of the local people, their daily routine, local delicacies, traditions, customs and festivals. Homestays are much more affordable in comparison to hotels and yet provide a closer look and experience into the day-to-day life of the local people.
Meghalaya offers multiple options in terms of comfortable and affordable homestays. However, depending upon the different locations, the facilities provided may vary - homestays located in the city and towns have more facilities and amenities than the ones in villages and smaller towns. Hence often times, the guests need to be ready for an adventure and a different experience when they are looking to stay in rural homestays, many of whom don’t have private bathrooms or wi-fi connections.  Below are some of the highly recommended homestays that you can check out for your next trip; regardless who you travel with whether you are soloing, travelling with your loved ones or friends or even your family members, we’ve got you covered with the list of homestays you can spend your holidays in.

1.  The Orchidale Homestay, Shillong
Orchidale Homestay is one of the best of its type. It is hosted by Darell, a very friendly and polite host, experienced in his field; this homestay is located at the center of the city where you will get to fully experience the life of a “Shillongites”. Situated at Spring Side Road, Jingkieng, Nongthymmai, Shillong this homestay has two types of room, bedroom 1 and bedroom 2, a king-sized bedroom suitable for two adults, complimentary breakfast, good food, along with free wi-fi, plus a garden view, free parking space on the premises. This particular property has a ton of good reviews and most of the guests that have stayed at this property have recommended this homestay for its spectacular service and hospitality. This place is recommended for solo travelers or couples and friends.

2.  Orange Homestay, Shillong
Located at Jowai Road Laitkor, near Mawblei Geonka Hyundai, this homestay is very secluded and peaceful, situated in a very clean environment completely free from the hustle and bustle life of the city, it also has a beautiful view of the hills and sunrise and a spacious terrace with beautiful gardens. Orange Homestay provides various options with the types of rooms, it contains Deluxe king, queen and twin bedrooms and superior king and queen bedrooms. Although it is suitable for solo travelers, couples and friends, it is perfect for families as it has much more space and bigger bedrooms which most homestays don’t.
It provides laminated wooden flooring, a 40’’ LED TV, fitted with a private bathroom, free wi-fi, free parking in premises. It accommodates families and a restaurant is available within the premises of the homestay.

3.  Sha Ri Loum Homestay, Shillong
Featuring a beautiful and peaceful garden, a terrace and a shared kitchen this homestay is a secluded one, located in Mawroh Mawtawar road near Sanker, Shillong. This property comes with a private bathroom, private parking space, free wi-fi, great hospitality and a balcony for selected rooms.
It offers a variety of options regarding rooms from deluxe double rooms with a balcony to a superior Villa perfect for solo travelers, couples and families to enjoy the vacation in a most comfortable way.
You are also provided with the options for A a la carte, Asian or vegetarian breakfast whichever is most suitable to you including kids’ meals and kid-friendly buffet along with an electric kettle accessible in the rooms, board games and puzzles, activities such as bicycle rentals, walking and bike tours and a golf course. It also has an outdoor fireplace, provides cleaning services along with 24 hours security, what more could be asked, right?

4.  Kynmawlem Homestay, Mawlynnong
Located at the cleanest village in Asia this homestay is one of the best in the village of Mawlynnong. Meghalaya is known for being a home to the cleanest village in the continent and many other beautiful places yet tourist must be aware that the beauty of these places lies in it being secluded and that means that these places are remote and may not meet modern life requirements. But that is the beauty of homestays, getting to fully indulge in the life of the common man. Kynmawlem Homestay however does come with 2 double bedrooms with a private bathroom for each room and is therefore recommended only for solo travelers or couples as it only accommodates 4 guests at a time; free parking, hot water for showers and basic amenities are available. You can pre-order your dinner and breakfast here, if not you can always walk yourself to a restaurant just a minute away from this property.  

5.  Ha La Tyngkong Homestay, Mawlynnong
Ha La Tyngkong Homestay that is located at the heart of Mawlynnong village just after crossing the bamboo tree house at the I Lajong Homestay. There are three rooms at the Hala Tyngkong homestay at Mawlynnong and these rooms are located right off the road so that you do not have to walk much ahead into the interiors of the village in search of the place. The rooms at the Hala Tyngkong homestay at Mawlynnong are equipped with all the basic facilities for your comfortable stay

6.  Serene Homestay, Nongriat
This homestay is located in Nongriat and it is very close to the double decker bridge, hosted by Mr Byron and his family. It is one of the biggest homestays in its area. It has up to 4 floors and each floor has a shared bathroom and toilets. There are fixed timings for meals so that the host can have time for themselves, includes complimentary breakfast, good food, very clean and well-arranged rooms for its location with friendly and helpful host

7.  Shipara homestay, Nongriat
This is a village homestay located right next to the Double Decker bridge, on the way to rainbow falls. “Shipara” translates to Siblings in English and this homestay is 24 minutes’ drive from Wei Sawdong falls. It has two double beds, one four bedroom, a twin bedroom and a terrace tent, it accommodates two persons in each room.
This place has decent service, additional charge for breakfast, squeaky clean bathrooms and toilets, clean rooms and environment. However, it is located 3000 steps up on the mountain so you have to be up for a little exercise; but hey, at least it is worth it for the comfortable place, good food and views from the house.

8.  Valley view Homestay, Cherrapunji
Valley view homestay is located at Mawpun, Kyrtiang, Saitsohpen, Cherrapunji with budget rooms, semi deluxe and deluxe rooms with bamboo interiors on some rooms. It provides free parking space, free wi-fi and complimentary breakfast along with room services. Good service and super clean rooms and environments, suitable for couples and friends.

There are many beautiful Homestays in Meghalaya. We have tried to share a few of those in various locations so it becomes easier for our guests when they visit this beautiful state. If you wish to further explore other homestays in Meghalaya, please visit our page Homestays in Meghalaya where you will find many other beautiful properties.


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